Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wines of the Week - Potek Mormann Vineyard Chardonnay & Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir

In honor of 4th of July, we are featuring two domestic wines that we think will complement your holiday perfectly! Two ideal BBQ or picnic wines that go with a variety of foods, these are go-tos for all your summer celebrations. The Mormann Vineyard Chardonnay is energetic with meyer lemon, pear, spice, struck match, and mineral aromas and flavors. The acidity is zippy and fresh, with texture and weight provided by the barrel aging and battonage. The wine finishes fresh and long with lemon, mineral, and toasty lees flavors. The Grochau Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir is a great expression of Oregon terroir, that stays lean and taut, with notes of strawberry, herbs, and earth.

Santa Barbara, located about two hours north of Los Angeles, is widely considered to be one of the most dynamic winemaking regions in California today, and David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself here. In the fall of 2015, wanting to create focused, single-vineyard wines, Potter opened Potek Winery, with a commitment to produce the best possible wines from Santa Barbara’s most exciting vineyards. The winery uses a minimalist approach to winemaking. With access to such unique and expressive vineyards, this is the best way to coax out the distinct facets of the individual wines. The wines are mainly aged in neutral oak and are treated as naturally as possible, with no fining or filtration before bottling. The resulting wines speak of their locations throughout Santa Barbara, and are a beautiful survey of the area. The vines are grown on what is essentially a beach sand dune that is incredibly nutrient deficient, but has great drainage. This means that overly vigorous canopy is never a problem, and the yields are always low and concentrated. The vines struggle in this cool wind swept area which produces wines with beautiful natural acidity and bright fruit flavors.

In the backyard of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley is now one of the premier regions for United States Pinot Noir. Within the larger AVA lies Eola-Amity Hills, a more defined microclimate that has thinner soils with less water holding capacity and proximity to cooler winds. Specializing in Eola Amity Hills wines, Grochau Cellars was founded in 2002 by John Grochau and is based on the principles of minimalism, only utilizing grapes from vineyards whose processes are organic and environmentally friendly. The main philosophy of Grochau Cellars is “Don’t Screw It Up,” believing that with minimal intervention, naturally healthy grapes can be given their best chance to shine. By maintaining this philosophy, Grochau Cellars represents the true flavors of Oregon: complex, pure, and satisfying.

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